By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
On Saturday night at The Mecca of Boxing unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) successfully defended his titles against mandatory challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, in front of 19,939 fans. This was the first time in 23 fights that Golovkin had heard the final bell, scoring a unanimous points victory with scores of 115-112 twice and 114-113.
When the first bell sounded, Golovkin appeared to be the much smaller man in the ring. This might of been because of Jacobs’ decision to forego the IBF’s same day weigh-in (the IBF require a same day weigh-in to make sure both fighters haven’t gained more than 10lbs the day of the fight). This may have been a planned tactic to enter the ring as big as he can to maybe withstand the power of Golovkin. From where I was sitting it seemed to of worked – I doubt that Jacobs will be the last boxer to do that.
“I respect my sport.” Golovkin added. “That’s his problem for not doing the second day IBF weigh-in.”
Golovkin’s knockout streak may have ended, but his undefeated streak remains intact, meaning the big money fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is still a possibility for the future. However, for now, it seems the 34-year old has his eyes on the one belt that is missing from his collection – the WBO – which is held by Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders.
Golovkin said. “My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division, the WBO belt is the last step.”
There was talk during fight week in New York that the match-up between Golovkin and Saunders might happen in Kazakhstan.
“[Golovkin] wants the WBO belt and I’m willing to put it on the line.”Saunders quoted The Sun. “…I’ll travel anywhere. I’m not bothered about fighting him in Kazakhstan.”by